Thursday, February 28, 2008

One Day

Ever think about what we could do if we diverted the cost of just one day of the Iraq war to meet social needs here in the US?

now imagine if we diverted all of those resources used in that war to touching the needs of the world... imagine how that would impact our security.

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee


Joe Bunting said...

Is that a little naive Roy? Like in Africa, where warlords steal food and other aid that we send to help the needy? I'm not saying violence is the answer, but I don't think money is either. Justice may not be always won with the edge of a sword, but I think it is rarely bought.

Forgiveness on the other hand... and sacrifice... Imagine if President Bush and the leaders of congress made a public apology to the Iraqis, the Saudis, the Iranians, the Palestinians, for being arrogant in our public policy there. Imagine how would that impact our security?

roy said...

Of course we can't buy justice Joe, but think about a world with better healthcare, less hunger, less poverty... and it would have to be more secure for everyone.

At the same, humility, sacrifice, and forgiveness wouldn't be a bad start either.

Joe Bunting said...

I think you're right Roy. It would be nice to have those things, better healthcare and no poverty. It probably would lead to more security, too. Thomas Merton says the root of war is fear, and so it makes sense that if you take away people's fear of hunger and healthcare by giving them food and money to take care of it there would be security.

You're right too that justice and sacrifice and forgiveness, the values of the cross by the way, are great places to start at. To me, these things are more constant and trustworthy than money, and if you start there, you might even arrive at the same conclusion.

As I think about this, I want to think of Iraq and hunger and poverty more and more in terms of the cross. I wonder, what does it look like to process the war and hunger through the cross for you? What's the train of thought, if that's not too much to ask?